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Sine Qua Non, The Naked Truth Estate Grenache 2005

Your Price: $670.00

1 bottle available
Producer: Sine Qua Non
Optimum drinking: 2018-2025
Rating: 97 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Grenache 90%, Syrah 10%
Winemaker: Manfred Krankl
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills, California
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Sine Qua Non's The Naked Truth Estate Grenache 2005 proves that great wine can be made from Grenache, and that it is not just small parts of France and northern Spain that can achieve sheer brilliance with this varietal - a testament to a fantastic terroir and winemaker Manfred Krankl's genius.

Sine Qua Non is a pioneering cult Californian estate established by Manfred Krankl, whose incredibly hard to come by wines have a reputation as being works of art both inside and on the outside of the bottles (with his eclectically named and designed labels). In fact, some collectors actually buy these incredibly scarce wines, of which are sometimes just a few barrels are made, for the labels alone.

"Manfred Krankl’s obvious love for his wife Elaine seems very apparent with the 2003, followed by the 2004 Ode to E, and here again, a sketch of his wife unclothed (sorry, back view only) appears on the label of the 2005. A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (any Mourvedre added to the Grenache is now a thing of the past), this wine, made totally from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, is young, yet like all the SQN wines, approachable in its glorious display of fruit, purity and freshness. Dense purple, and offering up notes of cranberries, pepper, boysenberries, raspberries and cherries, a cornucopia of red and black fruits emerge from the aromatics, gently dosed with some spicy oak and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied, gutsy and fleshy, with loads of glycerin, a heady mouthfeel and a long finish, this wine has beautiful freshness and delineation..."
Robert Parker

”…no one in Australia, America, South America, or anywhere else in the New World makes a finer, more complex and compelling Grenache than Manfred Krankl ……Sine Qua Non has emerged as one of the world’s greatest wineries.” Robert Parker

Please note: bottle shown is for illustraive purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).

Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth Estate Grenache 2005